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The Woodborough Institute

The Woodborough Institute trustees have decided after much deliberation that the building will remain closed for the foreseeable future. This is to protect the health and safety of all users. The situation will be re-assessed when the Government Covid Alert state has fallen to Level 1.

Richard Whincup

Woodborough Institute Trustee

More Virtual Choirs

Two more virtual choirs for you this month – all filmed by the performers themselves in the own homes, and assembled by me in Woodborough – completely Covid safe!

The first is another performance from the Aurora A Cappella ladies choir based in Chesterfield. They enjoyed making the first one so much they came back with another song. Click below to see it.

The second choir hails from Underwood, and their choice of song is “Proud Mary”. Click below to view.

Don’t forget, if you’re in a choir, you and your fellow singers can have a virtual sing-along – it costs nothing, it’s completely virus-free and great fun. Where are all of the singers in Woodborough and Calverton? Just call 0115 9652376 for a chat, or email mhdkad@gmail.com – Michael (Woodborough Video).

Woodborough in Bloom

The planters, troughs and towers are now in full bloom around the village giving a colourful display. The bowser is in full operation, thank you to Paul Reed and Robert Hanson who have watered for us during June and July, often being out at 6.30 / 7.00 in the morning before any traffic is about.

The village hall car park is being re surfaced the first week of August, so the PC will be moving the towers the week beginning 27thJuly. They will be replaced once things are completed.

Thank you to all our supporters and especially during the summer months to all who help with the watering .

Enjoy the sunshine and keep safe .

Jan, Elizabeth and Jane

New Car Park and Viewing Platform to Open at Gedling Country Park

Lincoln Cathedral, St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark, Gunthorpe Lock, and Belvoir Castle are just some of the sights visitors will be able to see from two new viewing platforms now open at Gedling Country Park.

The two platforms were officially opened by the Mayor of Gedling on Friday July 10 and offer visitors views as far as Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. The platforms also feature interpretation panels displaying information about some of the sights.

The platforms, facing to the North and South of the park, both feature wheelchair and pushchair accessible ramps to ensure that they are as accessible to as many visitors as possible.

The Gedling Country Park Viewpoints project is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development who provide grants specifically for projects which help promote growth, jobs and tourism in rural areas.

A new 100 space car park has also been completed next to the existing car park at the Spring Lane entrance. The extra spaces will double the current number of spaces and allow more visitors at peaks times and reduce parking on nearby lanes and roads.

Since opening in 2015, the park has become increasingly popular and has around 100,000 visitors each year, with that number expected to increase as the park continues to evolve and additional facilities, such as the view platforms, are opened.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said;
“These new visitor attractions are a welcome addition to the already fantastic, Gedling Country Park. The park is very popular and we have tried to find the balance between making sure we have enough car parking spaces for visitors while at the same time keeping as much of the park as possible a home for nature. I would like to thank the Rural Payments Agency for fully funding the Viewing Platforms project and it is something we would not have been able to do without their support.

I am sure the new viewing platforms will be popular with visitors, it is incredible what you can actually see when you get there. It is one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire and the views really are something special. I’m really looking forward to seeing visitors, photographers and school groups enjoying the views and learning about the area.”

The new marquee at the Nag’s Head, Woodborough allows a greater number of tables, whilst still allowing social distancing.

And from satisfied customers, Geoff and Sue…

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On Saturday night Sue and I went to the Nags Head for our first trip to a pub in 17 weeks.

We enjoyed a wonderful pint of Ruddles and a glass of cold white wine to accompany our meal.

Better still, Clive and his team have made several improvements to the pub.

There is now a well-designed marquee attached to  the rear of the lounge giving extra Covid safe accommodation.

I would recommend to everyone in the village that they support the pub and the substantial investment that has been made

Geoff and Sue Parkinson

A rather belated letter from Post Office Ltd:

Woodborough Post Office®

137 Main Street, Woodborough, NG14 6DD

Branch Temporary Closure

We are writing to advise you that, for reasons beyond our control, the above branch closed temporarily on Tuesday 12 May 2020. Please accept my apologies for the late notification on this occasion.

The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is important to us, and we will continue to work hard to restore services in the area as soon as possible.

I would like to assure you that we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office Limited.

Future provision will reflect customer numbers and usage and we may take the opportunity to establish an alternative type of service. This may be a new style local branch which run alongside an established retail shop in newly refurbished premises and creates a more modern and convenient experience for customers.

If you have any questions you would like to raise about this matter, please write to me via the National Consultation Team at the address shown at the end of the letter. Please note that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us do so by clearly marking them “In Confidence”.

Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of Community Engagement. A copy is available at the end of this letter.

We will display posters in the branch to inform customers.

If you are a local representative, it would be helpful if you could share this information with any local groups or organisations that you know within the community, for example on noticeboards, local charities and in GP surgeries, to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening to the Post Office in the local community. If you would like a supply of these posters please let us know.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience the temporary closure may cause and hope that our customers will continue to use Post Office services at any convenient branch. The latest available branch information can be found on our website: www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder

If you are a local representative, we will write to you again once we have any news about our plans for future service provision.

Yours faithfully
Ian X Johnson
Change Manager

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